If you haven’t yet heard the exciting news, Nova Scotia is proud to be hosting the Special Olympics National Games in 2018. This will be our first time hosting National Games since 1994, which makes it a pretty huge deal. With lots to do before then, the anticipation is certainly raising.
Hosted at ST. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotian pride will be in full display as athletes from all around Canada unite to compete for a medal. Team Nova Scotia is currently in the process of being selected. A whopping 108 local Nova Scotian athletes are set to attend the games next year who will be supported by 48 coaches and mission staff.
Given the significance of the occasion, fundraising demands to send 156 athletes and coaches to Nationals, as well as to host such a large Nation-wide event are high. This is where support from the Truck Convoy comes in. A large portion of your fundraising efforts and donations will go to supporting the athletes who have worked so hard to qualify. This means your donations will help send athletes, couches, and volunteers to National Games, as well as help provide the best in equipment, nutritional food, Team NS gear, etc. Each and every donation, whether small or large, is important to Special Olympics Nova Scotia. With your help we can ensure we give our athletes and coaches the best experiences and opportunities possible.
To donate to the Truck Convoy and the Team Nova Scotia, please click here: http://truckconvoyns.ca/give/donate/
If you are a convoy driver and would like to collect pledges, please click here: http://truckconvoyns.ca/drive/collect-pledges/
Every little helps! We appreciate your support
The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the sun is – dare I say it – here to stay. Summer is officially here, which means the countdown begins for our Nova Scotia Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. Planning is well underway, and the drivers are lining up as each week goes by.
This year, to let our drivers know how much they mean to us, we will be doing driver appreciation profiles.
Que Bill Dowe – one of our awesome Truck Convoy drivers. From Amherst, this will be Bill’s third time participating in our Convoy, and he couldn’t be more excited. Bill started his career in trucking 41 years ago, doing line haul work for 17 years. After which he switched to aggregate hauling and excavation work. He joined the Truckers Association of Nova Scotia in 1993, where he became County President in 1994. In 1999, Bill was named Director of the Provincial Body. Since then he has served in various positions, leading to his current position, Director with the Board. He is also a board member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
As an extremely active community member, Bill takes part in a multitude of community programs and events. He has helped the Amherst Special Olympics by donating his truck and trailer to participate in the towns Christmas parade for the last two years. Last September, Bill also co-hosted Amherst’s first every Truck Show and Shine, with proceeds going to the Amherst Special Olympics. He supports Early Intervention Nova Scotia, as well as local sports programs, and various charities mostly involving children and youth. Bill also won the 1st ever Darrell Ward Giving Back award at the 2016 Nova Scotia Truck Convoy.
Outside of his work, Bill enjoys boating, biking, and spending time with his two granddaughters – oh – and of course, trucks.
Bill will be in the Bill Dowe Trucking & Excavating truck on the day of the convoy – see you there.
Written by Shannon Gallagher
The countdown to the 2017 Truck Convoy for Special Olympics has begun – can you believe it? Just 100 days left. Planning has officially taken full force. Sponsors are lining up, the drivers are getting in gear, and our athletes couldn’t be more excited.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Nova Scotia Truck Convoy for Special Olympics began its journey – way back in 2012. It is now 6 Convoy’s later, and we’re doing things bigger and better. With 200 trucks, awesome sponsors, and exciting event lineups, you can be sure this year’s convoy will be more spectacular than ever.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 23rd. With just over 3 months to go, we already have 31 registered participants!
If you would like to register, go to http://truckconvoyns.ca/drive/register/ and download the registration and pledge form. Fill it out, and send it to:
Special Olympics Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 201
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Please include a $125 cheque for your registration fee. Be sure to make out all cheques to: Special Olympics Nova Scotia. If you wish to pay using another method, such as credit card over the phone, please contact Anne Marie Shannon at (902) 429-2266 ext. 2.
Follow us on our Facebook Page @TruckConvoyNS to keep updated with all of the exciting news coming up for this year’s convoy.
Written by Shannon Gallagher